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Works: 12,990 works in 35,865 publications in 32 languages and 450,637 library holdings
Genres: Parodies, imitations, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Lectures  Graphic novels  Dialogues (Literature)  History  Biography  Study guides  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee, Contributor, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Other
Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
The dialogues of Plato by Plato( Book )

523 editions published between 1759 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 5,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects eight important dialogues by the great Greek philosopher
The republic by Plato( Book )

559 editions published between 1554 and 2015 in 22 languages and held by 4,978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dialogue attempting to apply Plato's principles of philosophy to political affairs and discusses his vision of an ideal state
Gorgias by Plato( Book )

305 editions published between 1541 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 3,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens--a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate"--Cover page 4
The laws of Plato by Plato( Book )

146 editions published between 1917 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 3,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of Plato's dialogues, distinguished from his earlier works by its more practical treatment of political problems. Though criticized in some detail by Aristotle in the "Politics", it undoubtedly exercised a profound influence upon his thought, and through him upon subsequent political theory
Symposium by Plato( Book )

346 editions published between 1556 and 2015 in 17 languages and held by 3,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plato's Symposium, written in the early part of the fourth century BC, is set at a drinking party (symposium) attended by some of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Aristophanes, the comic dramatist, Socrates, Plato's mentor, and Alcibiadies, the brilliant but (eventually) treacherous politician. Each guest gives a speech in praise of the benefits of desire and its role in the good and happy human life. At the core of the work stands Socrates' praise of philosophical life as the best route to happiness. This edition provides an accessible and engaging new translation by M.C. Howatson, and a substantial introduction by Frisbee C.C. Sheffield, which guides the reader through the various parts of the dialogue and reflects on its central arguments. A chronology and detailed notes on the participants help to set this enduring work in context."--Jacket
Protagoras by Plato( Book )

281 editions published between 1736 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to its interest as one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, the Protagoras presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of humanity were subjected to criticism of the Sophists and to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably, the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the good life. This revised edition includes a new preface and introduction, as well as numerous changes to the translation and commentary
The works of Plato by Plato( Book )

120 editions published between 1701 and 2008 in English and held by 2,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a selection of ten dialogues of Plato that represent the range and diversity of his human and intellectual interests
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

142 editions published between 1745 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a well-known saying that the whole of Western Philosophy is footnotes of Plato. This is because his writings have set the schema that philosophy can be said to have followed ever since. Following under the teachings of Socrates, Plato's works are among the world's greatest literature. Though Plato himself was apparently ill and not present at the prison on the day of Socrates' death, Phaedo was, and the discussion was surely recounted to him, perhaps much in the same way as this dialog is recounted by Phaedo for Echecrates. Phaedo was from a noble family in Elis, but when that city was defeated in 401 BC he was captured and forced into a house of prostitution. However, Phaedo managed to slip out to listen to Socrates, who eventually persuaded either Cebes or Alcibiades or Crito and their friends to ransom him so that he could be free and study philosophy
The republic by Plato( Book )

110 editions published between 1881 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This enriched classic edition includes : A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information ; A chronology of the author's life and work ; A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context ; An outline of key themes to guide the reader's own interpretations ; Detailed explanatory notes ; Critical analysis and modern perspectives on the work ; Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction ; A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience
Philebus by Plato( Book )

130 editions published between 1779 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, one of the late Socratic dialogues, Socrates and his companions discuss the relative value of pleasure and knowledge
Meno by Plato( Book )

104 editions published between 1535 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a new departure, this book's exploration focused primarily on the content and coherence of the dialogue in its own right, and not merely in the context of other dialogues, making it required reading for all students of Plato, be they from the world of classics or philosophy."--Jacket
Statesman by Plato( Book )

75 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Statesman is Plato's neglected political work, but it is crucial for an understanding of the development of his political thinking. In some respects it continues themes from the Republic, particularly the importance of knowledge as entitlement to rule. But there are also changes: Plato has dropped the ambitious metaphysical synthesis of the Republic, changed his view of the moral psychology of the citizen, and revised his position on the role of law and institutions
Phaedrus by Plato( Book )

65 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
The Symposium of Plato by Plato( Book )

80 editions published between 1782 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Timaeus by Plato( Book )

79 editions published between 1617 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
Theaetetus by Plato( Book )

95 editions published between 1577 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( Book )

26 editions published between 1865 and 2010 in English and German and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
The collected dialogues of Plato, including the letters by Plato( Book )

46 editions published between 1961 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents outstanding translations of the Greek philosopher's works by leading British and American scholars of the last century
Euthydemus by Plato( Book )

40 editions published between 1833 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English translation of Plato's dialogue of Socrates and two prominent Sophists, Euthydemus and Dionysodorus, and their conflicting philosophical views, of which Plato satirizes the logical fallacies of the Sophists
Apology by Xenophon( Book )

26 editions published between 1867 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of ""corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel . Apology here has its earlier meaning (now usually expressed by the word apologia) of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's beliefs or actions. The Apology is divided into three parts. The first part is Socrates' own defense of himself and includes the most famous parts of the text, namely his recounting of the Oracle at Delphi and his cro
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